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The Institute for Sustainable Design (ISD) at Washington State University conducts integrated design activities for performance-based built environments under two coordinated teaching and research vehicles: the Integrated Design Experience (IDX) and the Integrated Design Lab (IDL). Both the IDX and the IDL are administered under the WSU Composite Materials and Engineering Center in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

Integrated Design Experience

The WSU Integrated Design Experience (IDX) is an undergraduate and graduate level design teaching studio that has united faculty and students of design (architecture, landscape architecture, interior design), engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, computer science), construction management, bio-regional planning, business, and organic agriculture to collaborate on real-world design projects. IDX is in its sixth year and has delivered eight two-semester long projects. Projects are urban or regional in scale and often demand partnering with other teaching and research universities.


Integrated Design Lab

The WSU Integrated Design Lab (IDL) conducts sponsored design research activities. The IDL advances innovation in practice as part of an allied regional network of university labs (UO, UW, WSU, UI, MSU) that provides technical assistance and market diffusion services to AECO building teams. The network seeks to transform design, construction, and building operational practices to advance high-performance building designs that are more comfortable for people, require less carbon and energy to construct and maintain, and enhance the health and productivity of inhabitants.